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Centre for Medical Humanities

New Generations ECR Programme

Interdisciplinary skills development for medical humanities: an opportunity for early career researchers and postgraduates. Funded by the AHRC and led by Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities in collaboration with the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and the Wellcome Trust.

Medical Humanities is a dynamic field that critically engages with ideas, practices, policies and evidence relating to health, wellbeing, illness and disease. As such it embraces a wide disciplinary range of influences including those from the humanities, social science and science. The field has grown substantially over the last decade in the context of the increasing importance of interdisciplinary working, and with the help of support from funding agencies such as the Wellcome Trust, the AHRC and ESRC. Emerging humanities researchers are increasingly engaging with interdisciplinary research but lack contexts in which to learn about and experience how it is done.

Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities, in collaboration with the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and the Wellcome Trust set up the New Generations Programme to address this issue. Supported by a Collaborative Skills Development grant from the AHRC, this unique programme delivered an exciting and innovative skills development package to a group of doctoral students and early career researchers in the medical humanities while facilitating the development of a supportive, interdisciplinary peer group. Additionally, the programme created career development opportunities by enabling interaction between participants and staff in key centres of the medical humanities while engaging in discussions on the full range of medical humanities career options.

The programme enhanced research skills and gave participants the opportunity to experience high quality public engagement.

At the close of the New Generations Programme in June 2015, the participating members of the cohort wanted a legacy that would demonstrate their experiences in the year-long skills development programme. The result is a booklet with each of the participants contributing to the discussion of how this programme impacted their understanding and involvement in the Medical Humanities. Download (be patient as this is a large file) this document to read their insights.

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Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road
Durham
DH1 1SZ

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48165 
Email: d.m.beeler@durham.ac.uk